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10:45 PM ET, September 16, 2021

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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Won't Run in 2022  —  Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump, is the first of the group to retire rather than face a stiff primary challenge.
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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
In Exclusive Interview, Trump Calls Sept. 18 Rally A ‘Setup,’ Says GOP Senate Should Fire ‘Disaster’ McConnell  —  In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with The Federalist on Thursday, former President Donald Trump also unloaded on Bush, McConnell, ‘radicalized’ left-wing Democrats, and a completely ‘corrupt’ American news media.
Manu Raju / CNN:
Key senators eye the exits ahead of 2022 midterms: 'It's a six-year commitment'  —  Washington (CNN)John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, is struggling with a crucial decision: Whether to ask South Dakota voters for six more years in office.  —  Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Senate Republican …
Discussion: Breitbart
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump-Era Special Counsel Secures Indictment of Lawyer for Firm With Democratic Ties  —  The defendant, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a meeting about Trump and Russia.  He denies wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent cybersecurity lawyer was indicted on a charge …
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Jake Sullivan pushed Alfa Bank claim at center of Durham's possible indictment  —  Jake Sullivan, already in the hot seat as President Joe Biden's national security adviser amid the Afghanistan fallout , could find himself under further scrutiny for his 2016 role in promoting …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Democratic Lawyer Michael Sussmann Indicted, Accused Of Lying To FBI In Russia Probe
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Lawyer charged in probe of Trump-Russia investigation
Discussion: The Guardian
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Durham is said to be seeking indictment of lawyer whose firm represented Hillary Clinton's campaign
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Milley is neither a traitor nor the savior of the Republic  —  This week, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is being portrayed either as the savior of the Republic or as guilty of betraying it to our greatest adversary, based on two phone calls he made to a Chinese general.
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Insider:
Trump said he tapped Giuliani to lead his election lawsuits because ‘none of the sane lawyers’ could represent him, book says  — Trump told Lindsey Graham that Giuliani was his lawyer because no “sane lawyers” would represent him, a new book says.  — “None of the sane lawyers can represent …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
John Haltiwanger / Insider:
McConnell's final remark to Trump was ‘you lost the election’ as the defeated president railed at him for not embracing the Big Lie: book
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Most Important Statistic of the Biden Presidency  —  One in five hundred Americans has died in the pandemic, and Republicans are actively rooting for the country to fail.  —  President Biden is moving on.  His “summer of freedom” from covid didn't work out.
Discussion: HotAir and Politico
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election, internal report shows  —  In the run up to the 2020 election, the most highly contested in US history, Facebook's most popular pages for Christian and Black American content were being run by Eastern European troll farms.
Zach Everson / Forbes:
GOP Group That Fights Against Vaccine Mandates And For Election Integrity Might Miss Campaign Filing Deadline After Bookkeeper Dies From Covid  —  On Tuesday, a Florida county Republican committee that had opposed measures to prevent Covid-19 informed the Federal Election Commission that the group …
Discussion: Florida Bulldog
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John Wright / Raw Story:   Florida GOP official who wanted to ‘end Faucism’ dies from COVID-19
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Death of Hillsborough GOP member from COVID-19 causes financial problems for party
New York Times:
The United States says it gave France only a few hours' notice of defense deal that Paris called a ‘knife in the back.’  —  The United States acknowledged on Thursday that it only gave France a few hours' notice of its deal to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines …
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Politico:
The Jennifer Rubin WH symbiosis  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice  —  Before Washington Post columnist JENNIFER RUBIN became one of the most reliable defenders of the Biden administration …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden bombs with Manchin  —  President Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats' budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The right-wing media is helping Trump destroy democracy.  A new poll shows how.  —  When future historians seek to explain the United States' perilous slide toward authoritarianism in the 21st century, they will grapple with the role played in all these events by Fox News and the right-wing media.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Divided Opinion on Handling of Afghanistan Withdrawal  —  Public split on Biden job performance  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans agree with the U.S. leaving Afghanistan, even if many think the actual withdrawal was seriously mishandled.  Still, few believe that postponing the pullout …
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden approval drops to lowest of presidency - Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Becker News
Washington Post:
Justice Thomas defends the Supreme Court's independence and warns of ‘destroying our institutions’  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Justice Clarence Thomas defended the independence of the Supreme Court on Thursday and warned against “destroying our institutions because they don't give us what we want, when we want it.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
The abortion rights protest at Justice Kavanaugh's home crossed the line
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers.  The Company's Response Is Weak, Documents Show.  —  Employees raised alarms about how the site is used in developing countries, where its user base is already huge and expanding  —  In January, a former cop turned Facebook Inc. investigator posted …
Conor Sen / Bloomberg:
Amazon's New ‘Factory Towns’ Will Lift the Working Class  —  Plentiful new jobs at higher wages in places with cheaper housing sounds like a solution to inequality.  —  The campaign against economic inequality has put a bullseye on cities.  Local governments are encouraged to raise minimum wages …
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:
Idaho expands Crisis Standards of Care statewide due to surge in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization  —  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has activated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in accordance with IDAPA 16.02.09 - Crisis Standards of Care For Healthcare Entities.
Houston Keene / Fox News:
DeSantis hammers Biden admin for limiting Florida's use of monoclonal antibodies: ‘Very, very problematic’  —  Therapy was introduced at the same time as the vaccine, but flew under the radar until recently  —  DeSantis vows to fight Biden, stand up for freedom and the Constitution
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Forbes
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CNN:
Biden is priming the pump for Trump Part Deux  —  Arick Wierson is a six-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and former senior media adviser to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  He advises corporate and political clients on communications strategies in the US, Africa and Latin America.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Christopher / CalMatters:
And the winner in the California recall is?  None of the above  —  While Larry Elder clearly led all replacement candidates in the California recall election, he finished far behind none of the above.  Millions left that question blank —exactly what Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats wanted.
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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell to Psaki: What's Up With President Biden's Cough?  —  NBC White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell asked about President Biden appearing to have a mild cough or cold during his Thursday speech on his tax plan.  —  ""I don't think it's an issue of concern," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Discussion: Washington Times
Frank Stoltze / LAist:
Effort To Recall LA DA Gascón Fails; Backers Vow To Try Again  —  LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.  —  Freely accessible local news is vital.  Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today during our fall member drive.  —  Donate Now
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
How Tucker Carlson Lost It  —  In February 2009, when he took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Tucker Carlson was in the midst of an identity crisis.  Five years earlier, he had been a victim of what was arguably the first viral takedown of the internet era.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and HuffPost
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Many in Rural Afghanistan Welcome an Unfamiliar Peace After Taliban Victory  —  While Taliban rule prompted an exodus from Kabul, many in villages ravaged by war express relief that killings, destruction have stopped  —  BARAKI BARAK, Afghanistan—In one of the last night raids of the Afghan war …
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
Dems: Newly approved Ohio district map 'falls far below what's considered to be fair,' lawsuit likely  —  Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved a four-year map for state House and Senate districts over the objections of Democrats shortly after Wednesday's 11:59 p.m. deadline.
 
 
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Meena Venkataramanan / Los Angeles Times:
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
McAuliffe Appointed Prominent Anti-Vaxxers To State Boards
Discussion: Fox News
USDA:
Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Margo Schlanger to Serve as USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Discussion: The White House
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Vargas Headlines Anti-LGBTQ Event in Ukraine
Lauren Elkies Schram / New York Post:
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WGRZ-TV:
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The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Repeatedly Tried to Get Ads Back on Fox. They Keep Rejecting Him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Shabana Basij-Rasikh / Washington Post:
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Discussion: CBC News
Jack Beresford / Newsweek:
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Yasmin Tayag / The Atlantic:
Stop Calling It a ‘Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’
Discussion: Trending Politics
Ellen Pao / New York Times:
The Elizabeth Holmes Trial Is a Wake-Up Call for Sexism in Tech
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Gawker